He’s a square shooterPosted: July 28, 2017 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: expressions, fair and square, humor, John McCain, language, malaphor, malaphors, straight shooter, words Leave a comment
This was uttered by Mark Shields on the NPR News Hour, referring to John McCain. It is a congruent conflation of “straight shooter” and “fair and square”, describing a person who plays by the rules and is honest and trustworthy. Interestingly, a “square john” is someone who obeys the rules – http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/square+john
Here’s to John McCain, a true American hero and certainly square shooter.